Chiaravalle Montessori

425 Dempster St
Evanston, IL 60201-0602
Tel: (847)864-2190
Grades: PK-8 | 325 students
Opening the North Wing in Sepatember 2015, Chiaravalle became the first LEED Platinum Montessori school addition in the US and the first LEED Platinum independent school addition in Illinois.
Opening the North Wing in Sepatember 2015, Chiaravalle became the first LEED Platinum Montessori school addition in the US and the first LEED Platinum independent school addition in Illinois.
The North Wing features a green roof, geothermal heating and cooling system, and ecologically-conscious building materials throughout. This is more than building choices, it's a commitment to respect the earth's resources. By setting the bar so high, Chiaravalle challenges our community to make a difference in the world and for the future.
In Middle School, the day is divided into individual work and group work. Individual work shapes the skills, abilities, and interests of each student, working alone or in small, self-chosen groups. Group work is done in teams, which  reconfigured regularly, working together on academic tasks in the thematic units.
The Elementary school day is designed to prioritize the three-hour Montessori work cycle to protect flow and concentration. Children plan their time, balance their learning, be part of a community and find their passions. We give children time to dream, to search for fairness, to make decisions, to teach each other, to make mistakes and learn from them.
Our Early Childhood classrooms are inviting spaces designed to entice each child to move, touch and explore. Much learning at this age is processed through the hand. Children work independently and with peers, based on their interests and guided by their teachers. Montessori classrooms are identifiable by the iconic materials that teach foundational skills.
The Infant/Toddler program offers thoughtfully planned classrooms to enhance children's independence. The furniture and materials are toddler-sized. Children explore, moving from activity to activity as they like. If they choose to spend extended time in a concentrated work, they will not be interrupted. This way, meaning and dignity are given to a toddler's learning.
Early Childhood students cultivate herbs and vegetables
Chiaravalle Montessori School provides families with a quality child-centered education based upon the philosophy and methods of Maria Montessori.
Chiaravalle strives to provide a respectful, cooperative, and culturally diverse environment in which children may develop the full range of their abilities.

School Overview

School Type Montessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. American Montessori Society (AMS)
Other Montessori association(s)
National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Other school association(s)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded 1965

Student Body

Total Students 325 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade Chiaravalle Montessori Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 43 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 15
Admissions Director Tiffany Jorgensen


Total Sports Offered 5 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Flag FootballTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 6 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Art, Chess Club, Djembe Drumming, Drama, Imagineering, Spanish Club Art, Chess Club, Drama, Imagineering, Spanish Club, Djembe Drumming,

Nearby Private Schools

The nearest high school is Beacon Academy (0.4 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Roycemore School (0.5 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Roycemore School (0.5 miles away)
All Schools High Schools Elementary Schools Preschools Public Schools
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Evanston
    Grades: 9-12 | 83 students
    0.4 miles
    622 Davis Street
    Evanston, IL 60201
  • Evanston
    Grades: PK-12 | 252 students
    0.5 miles
    1200 Davis Street
    Evanston, IL 60201
  • Evanston
     Pope John Xxiii School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 291 students
    0.7 miles
    1120 Washington St
    Evanston, IL 60202
  • Evanston
    Evanston KinderCare
    Daycare / Preschool
    Grades: NS-PK
    1.1 miles
    2014 Dempster St.
    Evanston, IL 60202
  • Evanston
    Midwest Montessori School
    Montessori School
    Grades: PK-KG | 26 students
    1.2 miles
    926 Noyes St
    Evanston, IL 60201

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